JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While the access to cell phones, computers and video games can increase children's knowledge, it can also limit their vision.
"Thirty years ago we had a much lower rate of nearsightedness. It was at about 25 percent," said Hilltop Eyecare optometrist Dr. Jacob Moll. "Now, we're seeing a much larger percent of the population, about 41 percent of the population now is showing nearsightedness."
According to a report released by the National Eye Institute, nearsightedness, or myopia has increased by 66 percent since the 1970s.
Dr. Moll said genetics also play a big role in whether children are born with difficulty seeing far away. He believes more research needs to happen to pinpoint how much technology use contributes to children's poor eyesight.
- Begin scheduling annual optometrist appointments when your child is six months of age
- For every 20 minutes the child uses an electronic device, schedule a 20-second break away from the device
- Keep work and play areas are well lit
- Make sure children spend time outside